Rhinoplasty 101: Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati, Ohio
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is defined as the shaping of the nose. It is a plastic surgery procedure that can increase or reduce the overall size of the nose, remove humps, narrow the span of the nostrils, reshape the tip or bridge of the nose, or change the angle between the nose and upper lip. Some breathing problems can also be alleviated with this cosmetic surgery procedure.
Individuals who are looking to improve the appearance of the nose may be good candidates for this procedure. Some people are looking to improve the nose they were born with while others are dissatisfied with changes that have occurred through age or injury.
As with all surgery, patients should also be in good health and be realistic in their expectations for the outcome. It’s generally advised that a rhinoplasty be postponed on younger patients until the nose has reached its full growth, typically around the age of fifteen or sixteen.
During your consultation, Dr. Donath will help you to decide if rhinoplasty is right for you. He will take certain factors into account like your age, skin type, and ethnic background and depending on your overall aesthetic goals, he may recommend additional surgery, such as chin augmentation, to help you achieve your desired look.
Rhinoplasty Procedure Summary
|What is the pain level after surgery||Moderate|
|Anesthesia Type (if applicable)||Twilight (IV Sedation)|
|Duration of Surgery||Approximately 3-5 hours|
|Where will scarring for this procedure be||Incisions are made inside the nostril. An incision may need to be made between the nostrils|
|Timeframe to begin showing final results||Typically 2-3 weeks|
|When is the patient able to return to regular activities||1 week for most activites|
|When is the patient able to resume exercise||2 weeks|
The Nose Surgery Process
Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia may be used for rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Donath will begin by making incisions, most of which are located on the inside of the nostrils. It may be necessary to make an additional small incision on the skin between the nostrils.
Working through the incisions, the doctor will achieve the desired shape by removing, adding to, or rearranging certain amounts of bone and cartilage. Once the new shape is achieved, the incisions will be closed and a splint will be applied to the nose.
Nasal packing, or a soft absorbent material, may also be applied to the inside of the nostrils. While surgical times will vary, rhinoplasty usually takes one to two hours to complete.
Nasal packing, if used, is typically removed the next day while the splint will be removed after about six to seven days. The face will likely feel puffy and patients may experience some discomfort, which can be managed with prescription medication.
Swelling and bruising are common, with the majority of swelling fading within two weeks. Absorbable sutures are commonly used, and these do not need to be removed. Most patients are able to return to work within one to two weeks after their procedure, though rigorous activities and sun exposure will be prohibited for several weeks.
After some time, you will have the desired results and will be able to go back to your regular activities. Follow your doctor’s aftercare instructions to avoid slowing down the healing process.
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Rhinoplasty, also known as “nose surgery” or “nose job” is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reshape the nose and nasal bones, with some patients wanting it for cosmetic reasons and others wanting it to relieve their breathing problems.
The nose job can reduce or increase the overall size of the nose, remove a hump, narrow the span of the nostrils, alter the tip shape, alter the bridge shape, or change the angle between the nose and upper lip.
If you are looking to improve the appearance of your nose and are physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, a rhinoplasty may be right for you. Dr. Donath is happy to meet with you for a consultation to discuss your individual needs and goals and help you decide on a path for moving forward with your desired procedure.
Rhinoplasty should be postponed in younger patients until the nose has reached its full growth. This tends to occur around the age of fifteen or sixteen.
The cost of rhinoplasty is determined by various factors, including the clinic you visit and the surgeon’s qualifications. Check for our services and our prices on our website.
If you live in the states of Ohio or Kentucky, Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgery offers rhinoplasty among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Locations page.
During the consultation for rhinoplasty, Dr. Donath will meet with you to examine your nose, discuss your goals, and take a thorough medical history. He will take the time to explain the technique, anesthesia, surgical facility, risks, and costs and will also answer any questions that you may have.
Before any surgery, plastic surgeons will weigh other factors like age, skin type, ethnic background, and attitude toward surgery to help determine if is right for you.
Rhinoplasty may be performed with local anesthesia and sedation or with general anesthesia.
Dr. Donath begins by making incisions, many of which are located on the inside of the nostrils, though an additional small incision on the skin between the nostrils may also be necessary.
During rhinoplasty certain amounts of bone and cartilage can be removed, added to, or rearranged in order to achieve the desired shape. The incisions are then closed, a splint is applied to the nose, and soft absorbent material known as nasal packing may be applied to the inside of the nostrils.
Rhinoplasty may take one to two hours on average to perform.
The incisions made on the inside of the nostrils result in no visible scarring. If an additional incision is made on the skin between the nostrils, there will be a small, well-concealed scar.
Some discomfort and a puffy feeling on the face may occur, which can be controlled with prescription medication.
Patients can expect the face to feel puffy and to appear swollen and bruised. Most of the swelling will fade within about two weeks.
Some discomfort can be expected, though this can be managed with medication. If nasal packing is used, it is typically removed six to seven days following the procedure.
The splint is usually removed within six to seven days. Absorbable sutures are often used and these dissolve on their own.
Work and most other normal activities can usually be resumed within one to two weeks after the surgery.
Sutures are often absorbable and need not be removed as they will dissolve on their own.
Why choose Dr. Donath — Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
- Graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University where he was a scholarship recipient and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
- He then completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati, widely recognized as one of the top medical centers in the country, where he was President of the school’s American Medical Student Association.
- Completing a rigorous five-year residency training program in all aspects of Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University.
- He additionally spent time studying at Harvard Medical School with the Director of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
- Has been nominated as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati Magazine and by Castle Connolly for many consecutive years.
- Is a national trainer of other physicians for both Galderma and Allergan, and is a frequent guest on multiple media outlets to present the public with the most recent facial aesthetic techniques.
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